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Dear Members and Friends:

A light week as we get through the heavy summer weather:

1. Monday, August 8th, 6:30 p.m. – Kenji Kikuchi performance at Ramler Park, 130 Peterborough Street

Kenji Kikuchi returns to Ramler Park Monday August 8 – 6:30 PM.  This time with his own quartet, Kenji will feature both updated and jazz classics with a renowned rhythm section to share the stage for this season’s last jazz show. Concert is weather permitting. (Rain date, august 16)

2. Register to vote by August 27th

Are you registered to vote? Take time now to register for the state primary election on September 6th. You can register to vote online, by mail, or in person. To learn more and to register, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/elections/how-register-vote

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The week ahead

Dear Members and Friends:

A busy week to start off August – please see the following events and opportunities.

1. 165 Park Drive – Impact Advisory Group nominations and Letter of Intent

Transom Real Estate LLC and Harbor Run Development have submitted a letter of intent to develop two 7-story buildings containing approximately 111 residential units. 

The BPDA is soliciting nominations for the Impact Advisory Group to review this project. If you are interested in serving, please contact project manager Quinn Valchich at quinn.w.valcich@boston.gov or any of your elected representatives.

2. Monday, August 1, 6 p.m. – Virtual public meeting for 1400 Boylston Street

A virtual public meeting will be held by the BPDA to review proposed development at 1400 Boylston Street in the West Fenway. This project proposes development of 2.4 acres over 553,000 gross square feet of development. To read more and register to attend, visit: https://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/08/01/1400-boylston-street-fenway-star-market-public-m

3. Tuesday, August 2, 6 p.m. – Sunset Concert at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Road

Join us for the final Sunset Concert at Symphony Park, sponsored by Berklee College of Music, FCA, and the Friends of Symphony Park. 

The final concert features the music of singer-songwriter Almira.These concerts are free and open to all – come and bring a friend!

4. Wednesday August 3, 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares

Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer for a good cause? Fenway Cares will be distributing fresh produce, grains, and more at Fenway Community Center and Symphony Community Park.Volunteers are needed at both locations – to sign up to volunteer, visit: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/volunteer/

5. Wednesday, August 3, 6 p.m. – Berklee Institutional Master Plan (IMP) virtual Task Force Meeting

A virtual public meeting is being held by the BPDA to review a 2-year Institutional Master Plan proposal by Berklee College of Music.

To learn more and to register to attend, visit http://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/08/03/berklee-college-of-music-task-force-meeting

6. Thursday, August 4th 3-9 p.m. – First Thursdays at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Join the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a restorative evening of community and discovery at its monthly First Thursday events.

Admission is free – to register, visit https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/free-first-thursdays-20220804

Lastly, free Tai chi continues through August 17th at Symphony Park each Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., and chair yoga takes place Thursday at 10 a.m. – both classes are fair weather only. 

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The Week Ahead

Dear Members and Friends,

Here are some announcements about upcoming events and opportunities – this may look like a repeat of last week but scroll down for  additions!

1. #55 bus: 

You may have read about the Bus Network Redesign’s proposal to route the #55 bus to Central Square instead of continuing service downtown. NOW is the time to share your feedback with the MBTA and let them know what service YOU need. Please take their survey at: https://reginavilla.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_821isTJ0Sy2PBfE

You can also sign the 55 Bus Coalition’s petition at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdY9f8DAQd6NLT5zZVu3AwO–TwLxwYEgFjzyGNCxRiz2pPEQ/viewform

2. Tuesday, July 26th, 6 p.m. – Sunset Concerts at Symphony Park. 39 Edgerly Road

Join us  in welcoming Nikayla and the phuNk to Symphony Park at 6 p.m. Nikayla Byirt is a cellist and multi-instrumentalist from Jacksonville, Florida. Inspired by the sounds of funk, classical, soul, and R&B, she bends the meaning of genre. Her mission is to bring back what many people miss in music while using what you may never expect to hear. All are welcome -come and bring a friend!

3. Wednesday, July 27th 9:30 a.m. – Tai Chi at Symphony Park

Join neighbors for this beginning Tai Chi Class, taught by Sifu Huan Zhang of Huan’s Tai Chi. Attendees will learn the first 13 moves of Tai Chi.

Classes are fair weather only – Symphony Park is located at 39 Edgerly Road in the East Fenway

4. Wednesday, July 27th, 1:30 p.m. – Community Preservation Meet and Greet

Join members of the Boston Preservation Committee to learn about the city’s Community Preservation Act, what it can do for your community, and requirements for applying.

To join this virtual meet and greet, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJMS4frOmWxjyEuFKZhm-hAt8nZx577wIfNX5yBlgcf4Y5nA/viewform

5. Thursday, July 28th, 10:00 a.m. – Chair Yoga at Symphony Park

Enjoy a centering start to your day with gentle chair yoga at Symphony Park, sponsored by the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series.

All classes are fair weather only.

6. City of Boston offers Free Block Party Kits

Ever wanted to throw a block party but didn’t have supplies? The City of Boston is offering a chance for residents to borrow game kits to activate communities.For instructions and to learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/news/new-city-boston-block-party-kit-pilot-program-announced A how to guide on holding block parties is now available at: boston.gov/blockparty

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The week ahead

1. #55 bus: 

You may have read about the Bus Network Redesign’s proposal to route the #55 bus to Central Square instead of continuing service downtown. NOW is the time to share your feedback with the MBTA and let them know what service YOU need. Please take their survey at: https://reginavilla.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_821isTJ0Sy2PBfE

You can also sign the 55 Bus Coalition’s petition at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdY9f8DAQd6NLT5zZVu3AwO–TwLxwYEgFjzyGNCxRiz2pPEQ/viewform

2. Wednesday, July 20th 9:30 a.m. – Tai Chi at Symphony Park

Join neighbors for this beginning Tai Chi Class, taught by Sifu Huan Zhang of Huan’s Tai Chi. Attendees will learn the first 13 moves of Tai Chi.

Classes are fair weather only – Symphony Park is located at 39 Edgerly Road in the East Fenway

3. Wednesday, July 20th, 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares

Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer for a good cause? Fenway Cares will be distributing fresh produce, grains, and more at Fenway Community Center and Symphony Community Park.

Volunteers are needed at both locations – to sign up to volunteer, visit: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/volunteer/

4. Thursday, July 21st, 10:00 a.m. – Chair Yoga at Symphony Park

Enjoy a centering start to your day with gentle chair yoga at Symphony Park, sponsored by the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series.

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Dear Members and Friends

We hope you had a chance to participate in this Saturday’s Fenway Porchfest, where 80+ artists and musicians shared their talents across more than 30 porchless ‘porches.’ We enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate on this event together with the Fenway Alliance and Fenway Community Development Corporation. If you have feedback or ideas for next year, please feel free to share them to fenwaycivic@aol.com.

This week, the music continues – please see the below for this week’s events:

1. Tuesday, July 12th, 6 p.m. – Sunset Concerts at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Road

Join FCA, the Friends of Symphony Park, and Berklee in this 4 week series of free concerts at Symphony Park. 

Concerts are fair weather only- come and bring a friend!First up: KJ JenningsKJ(Opens in a new window) is one of Berklee’s premier vocalists. In addition to awarding her a merit scholarship, Berklee has featured KJ in several of its most prominent concerts, including Singer’s Night (2019), Singer Showcase: Bond… James Bond Theme Songs (2020), and Singer Showcase: Tina Turner—Simply the Best (2021). In September 2021, KJ made her debut on national television as a contestant on season 21 of NBC’s The Voice. The 22-year-old is currently recording her debut EP, to be released this summer. 

2. Wednesday July 13th 9:30 a.m. – Tai Chi at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Road

Come experience free tai chi classes, taught by Sifu Huan Zhang of Huan’s Tai chi. All are welcome to this gentle class, geared for beginners. Classes are fair weather only. 

3, Wednesday, July 13th, 6:30 p.m. – Swingin’ in the Fens, free concert at Ramler Park, 130 Peterborough Street.

The sound of jazz will fill the Fenway area at Swingin’ in the Fens, the annual free concert presented by Berklee in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS. The concert takes place at Ramler Park, a jewel of the Fenway neighborhood located at 130 Peterborough Street. Picnics and folding chairs are encouraged, and the event is wheelchair accessible. (View map(Opens in a new window).) The annual concert will be on July 13, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

4. Wednesday, July 13th, 6:00 p.m. – virtual meeting, Northeastern University Task Force
A public meeting facilitated by the BPDA will be held to discuss updates to the Northeastern University’s institutional master plan regarding Snell Library. To register to attend, visit: bit.ly/39SV9ih

5. Thursday, July 14th 10:00 a.m. – Chair Yoga at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Road

How about a centering start to your day? Chair yoga classes are part of the Boston Parks’ Summer Fitness Series, continuing through September 29th. All classes are free – fair weather only.

6. Saturday, July 16th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.- Fenway Garden Society Open Gardens

Stroll the more than 500 gardens in the Fenway’s Back Bay Fens as part of the Fenway Garden Society’s 80th anniversary activities.

To learn more, see the below flyer.

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Help welcome musicians throughout the neighborhood at our third in-person Fenway Porchfest!

Featuring 80+ artists across 30 porches in the East and West Fenway, this grassroots event celebrates the Fenway and welcomes diverse performances from around the globe.

Events will be at www.fenwayporchfest.org and include ‘porches’ from the Fenway Victory Gardens to The VerbFenway Community Center, and beyond! Don’t miss:

  • A walking Porchfest tour by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy
  • A classical music performance with youth & teaching artists and instrument petting zoo by Boston Music Project
  • A porch takeover by artist Red Shaydez at 401 Park
  • Youth circus performance by Circus Up!
  • Acts by local musicians, including Eliot Wilder, David Lank, David Ehle, and more!

Visit www.fenwayporchfest.org for a map of events in the coming days.

VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME! To sign up to volunteer, visit https://www.fenwayporchfest.org/signup/help/

In event of rain, this festival will take place on July 10th

Thank you to our generous sponsors: The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation, Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Olmsted NOW, Samuels & Associates, Northeastern University, Scape USA, and Suffolk Construction. 

Fenway Porchfest is a collaborative effort of Fenway Civic, Fenway CDC, and the Fenway Alliance – and by neighbors and friends!

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Dear Members and Friends,

It’s hard to believe July is around the corner!

Please see the following announcements and save the dates:

1. Monday June 27th, 6:00 p.m. Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting for Air Rights Parcel 13(virtual)The public is welcome to join this virtual meeting regarding a revised Letter of Intent for Parcel 13, the Air Rights parcel next to the Hynes Convention Center T stop. You may read about this project at http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/parcel-13.To register to attend, visit bit.ly/3x1xMvE

3. New Boston Precinct lines community meetings (June 28th and 30th): https://www.boston.gov/calendar/new-boston-precinct-lines-virtual-community-meeting-0

Join this online meeting at either 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. to hear from Boston Elections Commissioner Eneida Tavares about new precinct lines and how it will affect upcoming 2022 elections. This meeting is part of the city’s Civic Engagement Learning and Lecture Series.

2. Wednesday, June 29th, 6:00 p.m. – Fenway Neighborhood Improvement Committee (virtual)

All are invited to this meeting of the Neighborhood Improvement Committee, an all-volunteer group of Fenway residents, organizations, and businesses, facilitated by Berklee College of Music. The agenda will include important updates and event announcements. To join:https://berklee.zoom.us/j/98429700776?pwd=ZHA0QlRCcmV1Y2VvL0lKYnpXU05TZz09
Meeting ID: 984 2970 0776
Passcode: 714513

And save the dates for these July events!

  • Tanataba “Meeting Again” event at Kaji Aso Studio, July 8th & 9th: View artwork, participate in wishing tree wishes, and enjoy a music performance during the one hour in person event on the 8th – rsvp to administrator@kajiasostudio.com. Can’t attend? Join the online celebration on July 9th: CLICK HERE- July 9th at 7:00pm EDT for TANABATA “Meeting Again”
  • Fenway Porchfest, July 9th, noon-4:30 p.m. (rain date July 10th) Stroll the Fenway neighborhood and take in music from around the globe at venues across the East and West Fenway – or sign up to volunteer! To view upcoming acts and to sign up, visit www.fenwayporchfest.org
  • Swingin’ in the Fens – Ramler Park, July 13th at 6:00 p.m. Join The Friends of Ramler Park and Berklee College of Music for an evening of music with Lydia Harrell at Ramler Park, located at 130 Peterborough Street in the West Fenway. This concert is free and open to the public
  • Tai Chi and Chair Yoga at Symphony Park – Free classes continue at Symphony Park for Tai Chi on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 and Chair Yoga on Thursday mornings at 10:00. All are welcome – these classes are fair weather only. Symphony Park is located at 39 Edgerly Road in the West Fenway.

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Celtics Game 6 Viewing Party

Dear Members and Frien

Please see the following message from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services regarding an opportunity to watch the Celtics Game 6 at Fenway Park on June 16th:

Please be advised that tomorrow the City of Boston is hosting a viewing party for the Boston Celtics Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Fenway Park.

This is a free ticketed event and all patrons must have a ticket to attend. Please register for a ticket here: http://redsox.com/viewingparty

Doors open at 8pm and all patrons must leave once the game has ended by approximately 11:30pm 

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Dear Members and Friends,

We have several announcements, but first, what is better than a summer picnic?

We hope you will all join us this Tuesday evening for Fenway Civic Association’s Annual Rose Garden Picnic!

The roses are in bloom and the weather should be great! We will have food, refreshments, and live music.

Come meet your neighbors, hear from your elected officials, and enjoy a stroll through the roses. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: Samuels&Associates, Star Market, Berklee College of Music, and Suffolk Construction.

 2. Wednesday, June 15th, 9:30 a.m. – Free Tai Chi at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Road

Come join neighbors for an introduction to Tai Chi at Symphony Park, taught by Sifu Huan Zhang. This 8-session class will focus on the first 13 moves of tai chi, and include warm up breathing and balance exercises. Thanks to Fenway Health and the Healthy Habits program at Fenway Community Development Corporation for making this series possible.

Fair weather only.

3. Wednesday, June 15th 6:00 p.m. – Bus Network Redesign Fenway Meeting on the #55 Bus

Please join Fenway Civic and the #55 Bus Coalition for this important meeting to review proposed changes to the #55 Bus. Changes will have large impacts for our bus service, and the Bus Network Redesign staff are receptive to YOUR input. Please take the time to join this meeting and share your ideas for the future of your bus!

To register, visit tinyurl.com/REGISTER5BNR

4. Thursday, June 16th 10:00 a.m. – Chair Yoga at Symphony Park, 3 Edgerly Road

All are welcome to this gentle chair yoga class, taught by certified instructors as part of the Boston Park Summer Fitness Series. Wear comfortable clothing – water will be provided! This class is fair weather only

5. Saturday, June 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Household hazardous waste, paper shredding, and textile and electronics drop-off

The City of Boston’s Department of Public Works will be accepting hazardous waste, paper for shredding and home textiles and electronics from Boston residents. Take this opportunity to dispose of your waste! Details at: https://www.boston.gov/calendar/household-hazardous-waste-paper-shredding-textiles-and-electronics-drop-1

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